With state of the art facilities and world-class educators, the top-ranking undergraduate program in dental education will prepare students for a fulfilling career as a dental hygienist. The curriculum is thoughtfully designed to fulfill opportunities for students to develop a sound clinical and theoretical foundation with opportunities to provide oral health care services in schools and community dental clinics.
Mission Trip to Belize
In 2017, seventeen students, four dental hygiene faculty, two dentists, and two oral surgeons participated in the Dental Health Study Abroad in Belize. We stayed in San Pedro, Belize for six days, providing dental care at the Holy Cross Anglican School for children ages 5-13 and at the Poly Clinic, providing care for both children and adults. We saw 72 patients, completing 43 cleanings, 112 fillings, 18 extractions, and 10 sealants. Additionally, we went to 3 elementary schools and provided oral health education and fluoride varnishes for 500 children.
Thanks to donors who made this possible: Angela Monson, Dr. Jim Kalina, Dr. Richard Kim, Dr. Michelle Lund, Open Door Health Center, Midwest Dental, The Summit and Jacob Heights
The Public Dental Clinic at Minnesota State, Mankato provides a wide range of services, including limited fillings. Dental insurance plans and medical assistance are accepted. The clinic has advanced technology, with new facilities that opened in 2017.
Our program is one of few dental hygiene programs in Minnesota to offer a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Having a Bachelor Degree in Dental Hygiene will provide more options for job opportunities in the future.
The Department of Dental Education strives to prepare leaders in oral healthcare for the 21st century. The Advanced Dental Therapy, MS program prepares licensed dental hygienists for an advanced practice role.